Chapter published in:The Dynamics of Text and Framing Phenomena: Historical approaches to paratext and metadiscourse in English
Edited by Matti Peikola and Birte Bös
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 317] 2020
► pp. 209–229
Chapter 9Book producers’ comments on text-organisation in early 16th-century English printed paratexts
This chapter focuses on book producers’ metadiscourse related to text-organisation in 16th-century English printed paratexts. Paratexts offered authors, translators, and printers a convenient space for instructing the reader in navigating the contents of the book at hand. Choices related to text-organisation were occasionally highlighted on the title-page and described in more detail in prefaces or letters to the reader. In this chapter, I examine title-pages and prefaces to find out how book producers justified and clarified their methods of structuring text and information and whether text-organisation was used as a selling point in the early period of print in England.
- 2.Metadiscourse and paratext
- 3.Text-organisation in 16th-century print
- 4. The present study
- 5.Text-organisation on title-pages
- 5.1References to the organisation of the main text
- 5.2References to paratext
- 6.Text-organisation in prefaces
- 6.1Developing the paratextual frame
- 6.2Text-critical comments
- 7. Conclusion
Published online: 18 November 2020
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